This article talks about master’s degree programs in computer education and their education requirements, coursework, career choices, and job and wage outlook.
Master’s Programs in Computer Education
Current teachers seeking to incorporate computers and other technology into their classrooms would benefit from enrolling in Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Education programs. Aspiring educators seeking to instruct students on computer literacy and applications would also benefit from the program.
Full-time students can complete a master’s program in computer education within a year. Part- and full-time options are available through many schools; in some schools, classes are offered late in the afternoon and evening to facilitate working students.
Students are provided with a general base in computer systems and technologies, apart from training in cognitive systems, including artificial intelligence, and human thinking and interactions. Students enrolled in many programs are allowed to select courses that will help them fulfill their career goals. They may be required to complete a thesis.
Admission criteria typically require incoming students to hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited school, regardless of the major. However, students are typically expected to have basic to advanced proficiency in computer skills and techniques, apart from a background in education. The latter requirement is available through an undergraduate degree in education or teaching experience.
Program coursework begins with core courses in computer education and science. Coursework then branches into diverse tracks devised to train students to seek careers such as higher education instructor, private and public educator or computer developer and systems designer. Core coursework may cover topic areas such as:
•Curriculum development and analysis
•Computer education research and analysis
•Human and computer interactions
•Computer instructional techniques and philosophies
•Developing computer systems, hardware, and software
•Advanced, intermediate and basic computer techniques
Program graduates may seek jobs teaching computer courses in various corporate, private, and academic environments. They should also be adept at designing and evaluating educational software. They may choose from possible job options such as:
•Computer network designer or director
•Academic media specialist
•Computer education specialist
•Middle or high school computer science teacher
•Assistant professor of computer science
•Computer hardware and software developer
Job and Wage Outlook
Over the 2010 – 2020 decade, a job growth rate of 9% has been predicted for middle school career/technical teachers. During the same period, high school career/technical teachers are expected to see a 1% growth (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). In May 2014, middle school career/technical teachers brought in an average annual wage of $56,970. High school career/technical teachers earned $57,370 per annum, on average.